Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ghosts In the Night is on Schoolwide's new digital library Zing

I'm so excited! A story I wrote and Mary illustrated a long long time ago has been republished on Schoolwide's new digital library Zing. 

Last fall, they had said March as the time it would come online and truly it came up quietly mid-month. So quiet, that I only knew about it because they started tweeting. The site is linked now to the main site so it has probably passed its initial testing.

I'm thrilled about the site because I know from my daughter's public school experience that many elementary schools have been gifted with iPads but not enough physical books. I would rather her be reading books on those iPads than the games she tells me she plays. 

I haven't seen my story yet because I'm awaiting my author pass. I'm not hurrying either because I'm a bit choked up.

Let me show you one of Mary's pictures that wasn't used originally but we sent it along in case Schoolwide wanted to put it in. I think Mary thought it was too scary.

Copyright Mary F. Parker

 Sweet dreams!

(More knitting to come!)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hello March

The last weeks of February were so frozen, I feel like I've been hibernating. At least I had lots of wool.

Some progress was made on the man sock but I've spent much of the time putting the finishing touches on my latest design. I can't wait to share it. It's only a matter of polishing up the paperwork and sending it to my tech editor. And yes, photos, they are coming!

Here's a sneak peek.

It's like Disney just announced Frozen 2- I get to announce Evening Tide 2! LOL. Because such a nice scarf needed something more to go with it. Coming to Ravelry and Knit Picks in April (most likely, really.) I've also been preparing a "making of" blog post to follow.

In writing news:

I've been waiting to announce the publication of two stories on two different digital platforms but alas I still wait. March was the whisper from last year so I'm hoping soon soon maybe April.

My good friend Pam Calvert has sold a new picture book! She has a great blog series to help writers, her PBU which I've linked to the right panel on this blog. She's been very inspirational and has me trying to write again.

Right now, I've got a character waiting for a plot. LOL! And a sock design I'm swatching... Hmmm which will be finished first?  :-)

Enjoy spring where you've got it!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I am so glad they announced.

It's been a hard week not talking about these beauties!

My latest yarn support from Knit Picks is Hawthorne because my last design with it deserved a follow up! (I'm also completely hooked on the fiber, so nice.) I was totally surprised though when I received one of their to-be-coming colors. :-)  This is the Hawthorne kettle dye in Faun.

I made sure to take some porch and desk shots before the hanks went on my swift. The yarn is fingering weight and I'm knitting slowly, but happy with the design so far. We are iced in today which makes it a perfect day to have a cup of tea and knit something new.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

More than one way to knit a sock. Rethinking Lucky Lotus Socks

I’ve been thinking about socks a lot lately. My newest in-between knit is this one for my husband.

It’s a very dark blue. I think I have a thing for blue sock yarn looking at my own three pairs out of the wash!

What I love about socks is that they are small knitting, almost private knitting. You wear them in your shoes, under your pants and nobody really needs to know about your knitting habit. It’s just a couple of circular needles or dpns and one ball of yarn, so easy to hide away in a purse. That $28 (or more) yarn you’re using to make those socks, well that information can stay between you and Visa. Nobody should need to know. It’s your own guilty pleasure.

As much as I love blue yarn for socks, it is funny that the one sock I did design is not blue!

I discovered a new way to think about knitting these socks by helping a customer this week.

I had designed the back of the leg to look like this:

And the front of the leg to look like this:

Well that means using the intarsia technique and there would be a seam to stitch up after if you didn’t do the intarsia-in-the-round method.

No problem really, right?

I learned that not everybody likes/knows how/or wants to do intarsia. It came to me that the leg could be stranded around. If you used the contrast color for the purl section of the rib in the back, you would get a cute zing of color and be able to strand the rounds. (Just keep your stitches evenly spaced so you don’t constrict your leg!)

Here are pics from my customer. I think they’ll look great! I can’t wait to see her finished socks.

Front on the left

Back on the right

Knit socks can be what you want them to be. Enjoy the knit!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

There's no explaining

I finished a tricky stitch re-mount from a provisional cast-on and decided to take a break and go grocery shopping. The lady at the checkout tried to get me to chat by asking about the weather and such.

"What does your afternoon look like?" She asked.

I gave her a blank look, a shrug and said, "I'm going to knit."

She sighed and said something about how she took a month to knit a square. I smiled and left. I do have a nice life, but it is hard to explain what I do: knit swatches, write design proposals, knit samples, write patterns.

Swatches can be entertaining as I experiment a lot and have a lot of failures. In the category of can't explain it, I give you "dancers."

Eh, maybe it would work in another gauge. Eh maybe not!

Come to think of it, I can't explain children's book writing either. Oh well, c'est la vie. :-)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Knitting Year

Other than the stuffed toy for my daughter I did knit one gift for my nephew. I had bought two skeins of  The Big Cozy from Knit Picks to try out. I made a nice simple circular cowl off the top of my head.

I only took a couple of quick selfies before wrapping and sending.

It's a bit of a "crazy Auntie" gift but I think my sister likes it. If my nephew doesn't wear it, I think she might, especially when the big cold comes this week.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy Almost New Year

I've been busy. But I finished the in-between socks. They even went through one trip in the dryer. (Ooops.)

I've wound up the next skein of sock yarn for my 2015 in-between designing socks but I only have a cast on for them. I have been madly swatching about three different ideas for the latest Knit Picks call. They are asking for "whimsical cute knits." I just had to rise to the occasion!

Here's hoping you all have a good and productive 2015!